85. The Death Warrant of Charles I.
[January 39, 1648/9. Rushworth, vii. 1426. See Great Civil War, iv. 309.]
At the High Court of Justice for the trying and judging of Charles Stuart, King of England, Jan. 29, Anno Domini 1648.
Whereas Charles Stuart, King of England, is, and standeth convicted, attainted, and condemned of high treason, and other high crimes; and sentence upon Saturday last was pronounced against him by this Court, to be put to death by the severing of his head from his body; of which sentence, execution yet remaineth to be done; these are therefore to will and require you to see the said sentence executed in the open street before Whitehall, upon the morrow, being the thirtieth day of this instant month of January, between the hours of ten in the morning and five in the afternoon of the same day, with full effect. And for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant And these are to require all officers, soldiers, and others, the good people of this nation of England, to be assisting unto you in this service.
To Col. Francis Hacker, Col. Huncks, and Lieut.-Col. Phayre, and to every of them.
Given under our hands and seals.
Oliver Cromwell. &c. &c.
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